Learning loss during school closures will have long term negative affects on vulnerable children.
To support the academic success of children in community housing across Ottawa, MAKE iT Club has been putting together Learn from Home Student Kits.
These kits are available in English and French and include; a leveled workbook, school supplies (markers, pencils, glue, construction paper), seed growing kits and STEAM learning activities.
Learn from Home Kits are distributed to 1,000 children in 12 Community House neighbourhoods every two weeks.
Community House MAKE iT Clubs are community-based after school and summer programs for children and youth living in community housing to explore, learn and create in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.
Provide enriched opportunities for children living in community housing to explore, learn, create and succeed in the areas of STEAM through a hands-on, project based curriculum in after school and summer programming.
Children and youth living in community housing entering STEAM-related careers.
Increase interest in STEAM
Increase academic achievement
Increase number of youth entering STEAM related post-secondary
Increase number of youth gaining employment in STEAM related jobs
MAKE iT Clubs are enhancing Community House after school and summer camp programs for children 6-12 years of age with a fun and educational STEAM curriculum.
MAKE iT Club activities include coding, robotics, animation, science experiments and digital literacy.
PHASE 2 (Coming soon)
Youth are offered training and mentoring in the areas of website and app development and trouble shooting issues with hardware.
PHASE 3 (Coming soon)
Youth receive work experience utilizing the skills they have learned. This includes website and app creation and monitoring, facilitating MAKE iT Clubs and IT support services.
Alyssa has been working in education since 2012. She taught abroad in South Korea, France and Laos. In 2016 Alyssa returned to Canada to complete her Masters in Education at the University of Ottawa where she focused her research on culture and languages. Alyssa has always tried to incorporate technology in her lessons. This has reinforced for her the importance of introducing STEM activities to children at a young age.
In her spare time Alyssa enjoys walking her dog and practicing yoga. She has recently completed her Hatha Yoga teacher training. Alyssa believes that the focus, mindfulness and awareness taught in yoga are essential to learning. It is her long term goal to create a program for youth combining mindfulness and coding.
Heri is a proud father of three wonderful children. He grew up in a family of 9 siblings and had the opportunity to have lived in the United States and Europe before moving to Canada. Having studied science at Carleton University and Computer Science at Algonquin College, he spent 10 years working in Ottawa’s tech field of medical diagnostic software for Covidien Canada ULC. He transitioned to working at Mojatatu Networks in the client-side, custom software defined networks.
His passion at this stage of his life is doing community work as a youth educator specializing in Science, Math, Engineering (ie. STEM + Arts) related activities.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and increase STEAM opportunities for all kids.
We are always looking for volunteers with a passion for sharing STEAM with children and youth!
Donations can be made to the Britannia Woods Community House (please specify MAKE iT Club)